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Loving Israel as a Model for Loving Anything or Anyone

I love Israel. It’s as simple….and as complicated, as that. I loved Israel as a pork-eating child who had real pride in being Jewish, but no time for “old-fashioned” religion. I loved Israel as a settler who carried a book in one hand and a gun in the other. I loved Israel when I left some years later, my messianic dreams in ruins. And I love Israel today, as one who visits multiple times a year but makes his home, for the time being at least, here in America.
It’s a love that’s real enough to admit Israel’s many flaws. It’s a love that is deep enough to miss many others, I am sure. And it’s a love which enhances the life of the one who feels it, at least as much as that which I love. Isn’t that how we all want to be loved and how we all try to love, anyway? I hope so.


Israel need not be perfect for me to love her, just as my parents, children or friends need be for me to love them. And I hope that they feel the same way, or I am in big trouble. As would we all be, if those from whom we sought love demanded our perfection as the price.
After 61 years and a population topping seven million, there is much to begin celebrating tonight as Israel Independence day commences. I celebrate the most free and open nation in the Middle East. I celebrate the right of the Jewish people to build and grow a good society. I celebrate the largest stage on which to play out our most deeply-held values. I celebrate the blessings of Jewishness in the 21st century, many of which would be impossible without the State of Israel.
Happy Birthday Israel,
Though I remain filled with questions about the wisdom of much of what you do, I love you very much.

  • Robert

    From a frequent critic of Israel in these comments, today I say, Happy Birthday!

  • Your Name

    Happy Birthday,Israel,you are one of a kind nation,who is a chosen
    place of refuge and strength for those who seeks inspiration and en
    lightenment from their troubled worlds.Israel have many experiences mostly in a very amazing and miracullous way,God interferes all her
    affairs,Israel’s faithfulness to God and love for God that made her
    experience different kind of peace and independence among all nations.
    Praise be to God for blessing Israel.Thank you for the people who
    loves and bless Israel as a nation of faithful to a true God.

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